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Our Brother’s Keeper

Resource type: Video

Flatbush Pictures |

Almost 20 years after Duane Edward Buck was convicted of capital murder, his siblings — Marvin, Phyllis, and Monique — reflect on their brother’s resilience in the face of an extraordinary injustice: a piece of explicitly racist testimony from a psychologist that likely sent him to Death Row.

After years of setbacks and poor work by court-appointed attorneys, Mr. Buck’s family and legal team from the Texas Defender Service and, later, the NAACP Legal Defense Fund prepare for what is possibly their last chance to give him the fair sentencing trial he deserves.

Our Brother’s Keeper retraces the long path Mr. Buck’s case has taken over the years, from the poverty-stricken Third Ward in Houston, all the way to a ruling at the Supreme Court of the United States, and ultimately to a new sentence of life in prison.

Our Work in the United States: A Film Series

Our Brother’s Keeper is one in a series of five short films showcasing hand-picked stories from Atlantic’s U.S. grantees. Watch the films >

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NAACP Legal Defense Fund and the Texas Defender Service are Atlantic grantees.